August 11, 2023
Jo and George will be heading out to Viet Nam this Nov/Dec 2023 We will collaborating with SaigonTheatreland and Life Art on a project called the Ecology of Community. The five week visit will bring people together the idea being that if the arts and artists are to thrive, community will be essential. There will be workshops, conversation, lunches, walks, performances of The Rest of Our Lives with our fantastic translator Tham Tran. We'll be working with students at Trường Đại Học Sân Khấu - Điện Ảnh Hà Nội thanks to artist Nguyen Hoang Tung and the trip culminates in a creative process with 9 artists creating a new Physical Theatre performance at the HCMC Labor Culture Palace. This project has received funding and generous support from British Council Wales / Viet Nam and Wales Arts International. There are many people who have helped this ambitious project get into motion including Thu Dang, Rebecca Gould and An Le... Planning continues..... In the meantime, George and I would be really happy to chat with UK based Viet Nam artists. Please do get in touch.
August 11, 2023
Autumn Tour 2023
Created and performed by Jo Fong and George Orange
We're heading back out on the road this autumn with the incredible Katie Fenwick providing integrated BSL interpretation at most venues. Book your ticket now and join us in a town near you...
Thu 21 Sept - CANTERBURY The Marlowe Theatre BSL bit.ly/TROOLcan
Wed 27 Sept - EPSOM The Horton Epsom BSL bit.ly/TROOLeps
Thu 28 Sept - READING South Street Arts Centre BSL bit.ly/TROOLrea
Sat 30 Sept - MARGATE Cliftonville Cultural Space BSL bit.ly/TROOLcli
Fri 6 Oct - NORWICH The Garage Norwich BSL the-rest-of-our-lives
Thu 12 Oct - EASTLEIGH The Point bit.ly/TROOLeas
Sat 22 Oct - CROYDON Stanley Arts events
Wed 25 Oct - CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Junction BSL bit.ly/TROOLcam
Thu 26 Oct - COLCHESTER Lakeside Theatre BSL bit.ly/TROOLcol
Sat 28 Oct - FARNHAM Farnham Maltings BSL booking soon
Fri 3 Nov - BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Dance South West bit.ly/TROOLpav
Fri 10 Nov - LEICESTER Attenborough Arts Centre BSL bit.ly/TROOLlei
With thanks to the House SE Theatre Network.
June 23, 2023
In Nov 2022, Neurolive commissioned the first iteration of How Shall We Begin Again? which took place at Siobhan Davies Studios. Take a look at the videos and images from the epic 16 hour project. Neurolive Performance-2
June 22, 2023
Yorkshire Dance have invited Jo and Dee Rogers to co-host a workshop and contribute to discussions are part of Encounters / Performing Gender Encounters-taking-space Encounters festival unites people from all walks of life, bringing together a community of activists, to share food, conversation, workshops and performance here in Leeds. Our next Encounters will take place on 7 - 8 July. Check out the link for the full programme whats-on Part of: Performing Gender: Dancing in your Shoes
Sat 8 Jul, 11:30amPay As You Feel Venue: Studio 1, Yorkshire Dance
June 22, 2023
Jo will be leading a four hour afternoon session in Bristol on 11th July as part of a week long collection of events that involve dancing everyday.
I, we and wider // Dance Summer SeriesWHERE — The Mount Without
Impermanence Presents: A week-long Summer series of Dance workshops and events with Kip Johnson and guests. Morning Class with Kip / Mon - Fri Afternoon Workshops with visiting Artists / Mon - Thurs To book for the whole week - hdfst.uk/E91159
For individual days - https://hdfst.uk/i--we-and-wider
Jo's session is Pay-What-You-Like
Due to capacity, please do book in advance
June 22, 2023
Next dance, morning practice part of Groundwork Pro's improvisation programme of classes and events
Friday 30th June @Chapter Cardiff 10-11.30am
All are welcome.
The guided practice is designed so anyone can be involved whether you are a professional dancer, someone who would like to dance or if you simply would like to embark on a process that is about relating to your own body.
Jo lives in Wales and her creative work reflects the need in these times for people to come together. Her artistic practice is an evolving, collaborative approach which puts ideas around belonging or forming community in the forefront.
“What I need might be a sensation, connection, vibration, space, higher ceilings, skipping…part of my joy in being alive, or simply being me, is me in my physicality. My dancing is changing every day, the dance has changed, no doubt everyone’s dance has.
I sense this process is not so much a choreography, but rather, a creative action.
Just a moment,
to be in the moment,
Everyone dances for different reasons, fashions come and go and this particular time has its own difficulties and opportunities. My own study seems to be about finding more moments to be my fullest self, about acceptance, about channeling rage, about taking up space, saying the truth and about returning to a body that has changed. I’m considering how everyone is an artist, how this time needs more experiences that bring us into ourselves and to practice being witnessed in that.” - Jo Fong
If you have any questions or access needs you would like to tell us about, please do not hesitate to contact us at: Groundwork Collective
Capacity is limited, so please do book in advance.
More About Jo Fong
Jo is a Creative Associate with the Wales Millennium Centre. She has been dancing, peforming and making for 30 years and began her career with Rosas, Rambert and DV8 Physical Theatre to name a few. Some memorable moments include Wallflower with Quarantine Theatre, movement direction for Le Vin Herbe with Welsh National Opera, dancing in and contributing to the re-staging of Nigel Charnock’s Lunatic for National Dance Company Wales and creating English with National Theatre Wales. Jo regularly facilitates on a number of creative practice, community arts and visual arts MA courses and leads open studio events and workshops throughout the UK and further afield.
Recent performances and events; Ways of Being Together, Neither Here Nor There, To Tell You the Truth, Our Land, What Will People Need? Nettles: How to Disagree? and The Sun’s Come Out created in collaboration with artist Sonia Hughes. A Brief History of Difference with Das Clarks, Marathon of Intimacies with artist Anushiye Yarnell, Jo contributed to Luke Hereford’s Grandmother’s Closet at the Wales Millennium Centre and she is currently touring The Rest of Our Lives created with clown and circus director George Orange. How Shall We begin Again? was created and performed by 50 people in a 16 hour performance on the Donald Gordon Stage at WMC in February this year. Wales' artists, facilitators, actors, directors, writers and people at the very beginning of forming relationship with their bodies took to the stage. How Shall We Begin Again? Holds a space between portraiture, protest and something like a prayer. On its simplest level it’s about how we reconnect with ourselves, our bodies and each other.
Ways of Being Together has evolved into an artist-led community creating space and time to reconnect, repair, replenish and explore performance making and co-creation. The annual convergence is layered, centring learning, support, co-mentoring and actioning change.
January 31, 2023
A new performance initiated by artist Jo Fong “How can I describe the performance… a collective action; between portraiture, protest and something like a prayer. Just a moment, to be in the moment.” Fifty people will gather for a two-day performance. Across the two days, nothing repeats. Each moment will be different. You are invited to witness...Cardiff 11th and 12th Feb 2023 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A Jumped-Up Theatre Production Peterborough 18th March 2023 Key Theatre
How Shall We Begin Again? is a live installation. It’s about the body, returning to the body.
“Dance this bold, cuts to the humanity in us all.”
November 16, 2022
Emerging artists This December Jo will be leading an evening workshop in London alongside artist Daniel York Loh.
The workshops are hosted by Kakilang Arts and will take place in partnership with Shoreditch Town Hall in their Ditch Space
Participatory Theatre & Creative Writing
6 – 8.30pmdetails
May 16, 2022
Jo and George will be heading to Summerhall as part of Wales Arts International’s, Wales in Edinburgh Showcase. Jo Fong and George Orange, Dirty Protest and Commonwealth Will be presenting work and an extended cohort of artists will be supported by WAI’s Seeding the Future funds. See the Summerhall Programme to begin planning your summer. Book Tickets to See Jo Fong And George Orange’s The Rest of Our Lives